Thursday, January 14, 2010

Learning Letters and Sounds

This DVD is amazing!!! Let me explain a little background info. first. Our TV watching has decreased a significant amount in the past 6 months! Caden used to watch TV about 3-4 times a day. So that would be about 1-2 hours of TV watching a day. This was all so I could take care of other things around the house a long with Hannah. As of 6 months ago we decreased it to one show in the morning and one in the evening, so that would be an 1- 1 1/2 hours a day. The way I got him to turn the TV off in the morning was I told him that the next time he could watch it was after bath when it gets dark outside. That worked well because he was really attached to the TV. Even with an 1- 1 1/2 hours of TV watching I still felt he was still addicted to the TV watching. So for the past 3 weeks it has been 5-10 minutes or even none in the morning and 1 show in the evening. So that would be about 30 minutes-1 hour a day. I feel that this amount of TV watching is perfect for us because before over one hour of TV watching he seemed to have been addicted to it. For example, when he was bored or his feelings were hurt or Mommy or Daddy said "No" to something he would ask for it. Now he knows the only times of day he can watch it is the morning and evening so he doesn't ask for it other parts of the day. He also does not ask for it when he can not deal with his emotion. I am so thankful that we made that change in our daily routine. Caden has even had less tantrums and is a lot more vocal in his communication.

Well back to the Learning Letters and Sounds!!! We went on vacation about 3 weeks ago and drove in the car for 7 hours so TV was defiantly aloud at some parts of the drive. The DVD we chose was LeapFrog Learning Letters and Sounds. I absolutely love it! I am not sure how many times the kids watched the DVD but Caden already knows his letter sounds for the entire alphabet!!!!!! My husband keeps quizzing him because he just can not believe it. I love they way they introduce the sounds and make them so they have some type of character action going on. Flashcards came with ours too and they have the characters on them too!!!! Love it!!! So I am proud to say that at 3 years old my son knows his letter proud! Thanks LeapFrog

Even though we have limited our TV watching I still do believe that some TV is important for visual learning. I also believe that we need to limit it so our children and adults are not addicted to it because I found that my son was not expressing his communication skills enough. I also believe that has happened alot with our society, computers, video games, cell phones and etc. can be such a distraction to our relationships if we are not careful. So Good Luck!!!



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